by Mardie Caldwell, C.O.A.P. (Certified Open Adoption Practitioner)
Adoption Expert, Author, and Adoptive Mother
Founder of Lifetime Adoption

Life lessons from Mardie Caldwell's gardenGood gardeners are aware that they must clear away dead flowers, buds, and weeds to make way for new growth. In this way, they can avoid having their garden become overgrown to a point where no plants grow well.
As I sat in my rose garden today pinching back dead pansy heads and rosebuds which had stopped blooming long ago, I had a revelation. The quality of our lives requires removing the “dead things” from time to time. Useless items and areas can prevent us from experiencing the beautiful new flowers that we could enjoy. It just takes time removing the old.
Try sitting quietly for just 15 minutes, and consider what in your life is preventing us from accepting healthy growth and new, fragrant flowers. Spend some time today looking into yourself and around your home. It might become clear what “dead buds” exist in your life. When we forget to remove things that are long past their use in our lives, relationships, and homes, we miss the growth of new and exciting blooms, which can give us joy, peace, and happiness.
What is it that’s dead in your life? What are you holding onto, which is stopping you from experiencing the joy of something God has to give you?
Today take a few moments to consider and pray about the areas you might have neglected or ignored. Which areas would benefit from removing to make room for new growth and blossoms in your life?

“I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful.”
-John 15:1-3 New International Version (NIV)

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